Homecooked steak with a side of POISON? (Yikes!)

I will never pass up an opportunity to talk about cooking.

It’s part of my ongoing effort to help you understand exactly how simple—and delicious—healthy, home-cooked meals can be.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I struggle behind the counter, too.

I’m not a five-star chef—and I never will be. But that doesn’t get in the way of me experimenting with different flavors and ingredients in the kitchen.

But before we get too deep, today, let’s talk about something that could turn your homecooked meal into a TOXIC threat.

Be careful what you reach for

I’m sure you’ve heard about cross-contamination. It’s quite easy to spread bacteria from food—mainly, raw meat—across various surfaces and utensils, if you’re not careful.

But there’s something else that tops that list…

Spice containers.

In fact, a new study found those delicious herbs and spices you use to season your homecooked meals could be crawling with pathogens.

Researchers monitored close to 400 subjects who were instructed to cook the same meal in different-sized kitchens. The meal consisted of raw meat, spices, and a pre-packaged salad.

Without the cooks knowing, researchers injected the meat with a bacteriophage—viruses that infect bacteria but are not harmful to humans—to track pathogen movement.

After each meal was prepared, the cook’s kitchen was swabbed. Ultimately, nearly 50 percent of the sampled spice containers were contaminated.

Show caution in the kitchen

Now, you already know how beneficial herbs and spices are to your health.

Not only do they add brightness and depth to your homecooked meals؅—but they contain powerful, natural compounds that can truly TRANSFORM your health.

(I tell you about five favorites that are always in my kitchen in the September 2022 issue of my monthly newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives. Not yet a subscriber? Click here to learn about becoming one!)

Well, this study highlights just how important it is to be cautious in the kitchen.

While you may already be aware of cross-contamination between kitchen surfaces—cutting boards, utensils, countertops, and more—this study shows those spice containers are prime culprits for lingering pathogens, too.

So, make it a habit to wipe down every surface and item you touch… including those spice containers.


“Your spice containers may be contaminated with salmonella and other dangerous bacteria.” Study Finds, 10/21/2022. (studyfinds.org/contamination-spice-containers/)